Pixie Scarf Knitting Pattern

Today the Knitting Times is proud to bring you the free knitting pattern for an eye-catching pixie scarf.

It is called a pixie scarf as the two pointed ends are similar to the tail of a long tail pixie or elf hat.

This is a long scarf which can be wrapped once or twice around the neck.

You can knit the scarf in a self patterning yarn like we did, or you may decide to use a plain yarn.

Either way, this free scarf knitting pattern is fun to knit and amazing to wear.

It is the perfect scarf for brightening up any plain t shirt or sweater and will add just the right amount of warmth on cooler days.

Read on the get the free knitting pattern for this lovely pixie scarf.

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Choosing the yarn for the pixie scarf

The pixie scarf design is knit on 6mm knitting needles in chunky yarn.

We used a multi coloured, self striping yarn called Soho by Lang Yarns.

You can use any chunky yarn, either plain or self striping/self patterning. Just make sure that the yarn ball band states suitable for 6mm needles.

The yarn used to knit the featured scarf. It is shaped like a sausage and was fun to knit with. It is more of a ‘thinner’ chunky than some yarns in this weight group.

Yarn recommendations for knitting the pixie scarf

If you live in or are buying from the UK, we think that James C Brett Marble Chunky is a fantastic substitution for the Soho that we used. It is a similar thickness, a less chunky chunky, and is wonderful to knit with.

We have found the Marble Chunky in a US yarn store (Annie’s) too, you can click here to view it. This chunky Puzzle yarn looks ideal for knitting the pixie scarf pattern too.

You will need between 150 and 200g of chunky yarn to knit the pixie scarf. You could get away with 100g if you wanted to knit the scarf a shorter length. if you do wish to knit a shorter scarf, knit to 100cm where the below knitting pattern states 150cm.

So you have your yarn and knitting needles ready? Read on to find the free knitting pattern for the very lovely pixie scarf!

Pixie Scarf Knitting Pattern

Adult One Size

You will need:

  • Pair of 6mm/US size 10 needles.
  • Approx 150g of chunky yarn – exact amount will depend upon chosen yarn.
  • Darning needle and a pair of scissors.


  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • KFB – knit into front and back of stitch to increase
  • K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together to decrease


Cast on 3 stitches.

K 6 rows.

Starting with a K row, stocking stitch 6 rows (stocking stitch is K one row, P one row).

Where the pattern states work 6 rows of stocking stitch, you will always start with a K row.

Now work as follows to slowly increase the number of stitches on your knitting needle.  You will end up with 27 stitches to work the main part of the scarf:

You will slowly increase the stitches on your knitting needle to create a point. At the end of the scarf you will decrease so that the two ends match.

KFB, K1, KFB (5 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K3, KFB (7 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K5, KFB (9 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K7, KFB (11 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K9, KFB (13 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K11, KFB (15 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K13, KFB (17 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K15, KFB (19 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K17, KFB (21 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K19, KFB (23 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K21, KFB (25 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

KFB, K23, KFB (27 stitches)

K 5 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

Now work as follows until piece measures 150cm from the cast on edge:

K 6 rows

Stocking stitch 6 rows

Once 150cm is reached, you will end on a final row of stocking stitch – ready to begin the 6 rows of K.

You will now start to decrease, making the second pointed end of the pixie scarf.

To do this, work the following decrease pattern:

K2TOG, K to last 2 stitches, K2TOG


Stocking stitch 6

Repeat until 3 stitches remain on the knitting needle (so you will end with the first row of the decrease pattern).

Cast off in K.

Weave in loose ends.

Block the scarf to minimise the curled up effect created by the stitch pattern.

Below you will find the technique used to block our pixie scarf.

If you would like a great tutorial for blocking your knitting projects, we would recommend this article over on Knit Picks.

Easy Blocking Technique for the Pixie Scarf

  • Soak your scarf in lukewarm water for 15 minutes.  You can add wool wash or fabric conditioner if wanted.  
  • Remove from water and gently squeeze.  Do not wring. 
  • Place the scarf on a dry towel.  You will need to quadruple fold the scarf as it is so long.  The scarf should be lying flat.
  • Wrap towel around scarf and press to remove as much liquid as possible.
  • You now need to lie the scarf on a clean floor or blanket, and pull a little at the sides to shape it flat.
  • Then leave your scarf to dry.
  • The photo below shows the scarf being placed on the towel, then wrapped and squeezed, then laid out flat on the floor to dry.
  • This easy blocking process will stop the knitting from being curled up like a tube.
The finished pixie scarf is laid on a towel, then pressed for remove the excess water, then laid out to dry.

Once your scarf is dry, you can wear it with pride and wait for the compliments! We tied knots at each end for a nice detail. You could add a tassels or even sew on bells if you wanted to!

Knots tied at each end of the scarf give a nice finishing detail.

We hoped you liked today’s free knitting pattern. Please join us again soon!

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